While former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been very careful not to reveal her intentions for a presidential bid in 2012, during an ABC News interview with Barbara Walters, she did not hesitate to say that she believed she could defeat President Barack Obama in 2012 if she chose to run against him.

Senator Richard Durbin's "FDA Food Safety Modernization Act" (S. 510) passed a cloture vote hurdle Nov. 17 by a 75-25 margin, and appears headed for final Senate passage in the next few days. The bill would increase funding to the Food and Drug Administration and give it greater regulatory power over foods and medicines. It would require all food producers to register with the FDA and pay new taxes (which the bill calls "fees") that recoup all the inspection costs for the new army of regulators the bill would create.

Ron PaulCongressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) introduced the "American Traveler Dignity Act" on November 17 to rein in the intrusive and invasive airport searches by the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Secretary Janet Napolitano has written an opinion piece defending her cabinet office, the Department of Homeland Security, and its tactics allegedly needed to prevent terrorist attacks on American airline flights. The secretary focused, particularly, on AIT (Advanced Imaging Technology) in use nationwide.

The California Supreme Court reversed a lower state court ruling that struck down a 2001 California law providing that in-state illegal-alien residents could pay much lower college fees than out-of-state students. The difference in tuition rates was substantial. At the University of California the in-state fee is about $12,000 per year while the out-of-state fee is about $35,000 per year.